I Hinangai-hu Guini
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I Hinangai-hu Guini

Ai, hu hahasso på’go hafa i hinangai-hu guini gi lina’lå’-hu. Guaha meggai siña hu cho’gue yan siña hu ina mo’na, lao gi entre todu ayu siha, I fino’ Chamoru, I mas takhilo’ para Guåhu. Malago’ yu’ bai hu li’e’ I hagå-hu as Inina yan I mangga’chong-na manhugagåndo ya mamfino’ Chamomoru siha. Enague I guinifi-hu mo’na … Continue reading

I Guinife-ta
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I Guinife-ta

Hu tugiyi i nobia-hu este, anai umachago’ ham gi i ma’pos-na na mes. Ha susteni i korason-hu, ha na’ladangkolo i guinife-hu siha. Si Yu’us Ma’ase ta’lo Isa para todu un cho’guiguiyi yu’! ********************** Eståba yu’ sen chågo’ Ya i dikike’ na islå-ku Dumångkolo gi hinasso-ku siha Anai eståba yu’ gi islå-ku Kalang didide’ nu Guahu … Continue reading

White-Lady-Like
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White-Lady-Like

Examining whiteness begins by looking within, for me.  Let’s take a look at my family’s church, the third-whitest major religious organization in the United States: the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS). This sect does not have whiteness as a official requirement for entry, but when your membership is 95% white, you effectively have a racist doctrine.  Similarly, … Continue reading

Sky Cathedral
fino' chamoru

Sky Cathedral

Ma’u’udai yu’ gi batkon aire pa’go. Hu a’atan huyong gi langhet yan i mapagahes siha. Nina’hahasso yu’ nu este na betsu yan todu i famalao’an gi lina’la’-hu. Ko’lo’lo’na Si nana’-hu (ni’ ginen hu bisista gui’ giya Kalifotnia) yan iyo-ku grandmother, ni mumatai gi dos anos tatte na tiempo. Este na betsu tininge’ as Lee Perez, … Continue reading

Hafa na Klasen Liberasion?
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Hafa na Klasen Liberasion?

Its that time of year on Guam, where perceived Chamorro debts to the United States balloon out of control and Chamorro attempts to prove their understanding and love for their debts and subordination appear to reach such maddeningly levels that what they owe to the United States seems to become infinite and eternal. Sina ta … Continue reading

Å’paka’ñaihon
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Å’paka’ñaihon

Three colors. According to my Chamorro language instructor, Siñora Mendiola, the ancient Chamorros had names for three colors: Å’paka’.  The color of the sinåhi. Åttelong.  The color of the latte. Agåga’.  The color of the spondylus. Å’paka’ is what we today might call white. * * * Blood quantum.  Purity.  Agency.  Lineage.  The desire, the … Continue reading